Register for ISRI’s Safety Webinar Understanding Lead Exposures and the Hazards to Your Employees and Company Today!

On Thursday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m. (eastern)  ISRI ‘s Live Learning Center will host an important webinar that will discuss the hazards of lead exposure and how to manage the risks it poses to your company and employees.  The webinar will feature ISRI’s director of safety, John Gilstrap.  Gilstrap will present an overview of the hazards of lead, some exposure control strategies and what the law actually requires in the management of lead exposures.  He will also discuss the increase in OSHA enforcement and the stunning fines it is assessing to companies that fail to test for hazards and/or fail to mitigate the hazards when they are found.  Lead exposure is a common hazard in virtually all corners of the recycling industry.  If your company uses cutting torches, handles automotive radiators, breaks cathode ray tubes, or performs any number of other common processing operations, there is a reasonable likelihood that your employees are over-exposed to lead.

This is one webinar that you won’t want to miss!  Register today by going to ISRI’s website ( www.isri.org/webinar ) and click on the blue “Register Now” button at the bottom of the page.  To register, you will need a user id and password.  If you do not know your log on credentials or would like more information about this webinar, please contact Jonathan Levy or Brannan Meyers at webinar@isri.org.

ISRI Steps Up Safety Efforts in Light of Pending NIOSH Reports

ISRI’s electronics division leadership has agreed to step up ISRI’s safety efforts for facilities with potential high risk exposure for certain heavy metals such as lead.  The leadership has asked ISRI staff, Eric Harris, Director of Government and International Affairs and John Gilstrap, Director of Safety, to reach out to NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) while at E-Scrap to better understand a pending workplace health hazard evaluation (HHE) expected to be released from NIOSH in the coming months.

The pending HHE is based on a voluntary NIOSH inspection at an e-stewards certified facility that processes CRT glass.  Notwithstanding the HHE report, ISRI’s leadership is committed to ensuring that the industry has the proper awareness training and guidance to protect the health and safety of its workers.  Initial feedback from NIOSH supports the need to focus ISRI’s safety efforts on preventing initial exposures.  Moreover, when there is a reasonable possibility that workers may be exposed to such risks, electronics recyclers have an affirmative obligation to prove that their workers are not being exposed.

As part of ISRI’s “Safely or Not at All” policy, the electronics division is committed to preparing additional education and awareness training opportunities and further guidance to its members to identify and prevent risks and protect workers from such potential exposures.

ISRI’s Director of Safety, John Gilstrap, will be offering a webinar on lead exposures on September 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST.